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Research Director, INSERM LabTAU Unit 1032

University of Lyon (Claude Bernard)

Tel: +33 (0)4 72 68 19 22 / Fax: +33 (0)4 72 68 19 31


About me


More than 50 publications in international peer-review journals

20 invited conferences, for example this one on time reversal acoustics

4 international patents

Co-founder of two companies: SEISME and Sensitive Object

He has been member of the following laboratories:

- LOA now the Institut Langevin, ESPCI, University of Paris

- MPL Scripps Institute, University of California, San Diego, USA

- LAU Instituto de Fisica de Montevideo, Uruguay

- LGIT, now the Institut des Sciences de la Terre, University of Grenoble



Acoustics: Time reversal interactivity, smart acoustic antennas, complex field and reverberation in cavities, coherent backscattering and Berry's phase.

Medical Ultrasounds and elastic field: Elastography, elastic wave tomography in soft solids, anisotropy and non linear waves in soft tissues

Numerical modelisation: Finite difference simulation of acoustic, elastic and flexion waves.

Industrial collaborations with EDAP, EyeTechCare, ANSYS, MedTronics.



- 2003 Award of the Grand Prix de l'Innovation de la ville de Paris for ReverSys Project on tactile interactivity

- Best IST 2006 Exhibit Award for the European project TAI-CHI


Books and Press

Stefan Catheline et Rémi Souchon 2007, Chapitre 32: Elastographie. Matériaux et Acoustique (Hermès), M. Bruneau, C. Pottel.

Stefan Catheline,  Etudes expérimentales en acoustique (Ed. Univ. Europ. 2010).

Ultrasound Elastography for biomedical application and medicine, (Ed. Elsevier 2016)

More than 20 national and international press (article), radio (interview), and TV media



5 Publications

1. S. Catheline, F. Wu, M. Fink, A solution to diffraction biases in sonoelasticity: The acoustic impulse technique. J. Acoust. Soc. A., 105 (5), 2941, 1999.

Applied Physics. This paper describes for the first time transient elastography. This technique is used in the Fibroscan®, a commercial device made by Echosens for hepatic deseases diagnostic.

2. Catheline, Gennisson, Tanter, Fink, Observation of Shock Transverse Waves in Elastic Media. Phys. Rev. Lett., 91, 43011, 2003.

Academic Physics. 56 years after the observation of a non linear acoustic wave, this paper describes the experimental observation of a non linear transverse wave. It suggests the existence of a relation ship between linear and non linear elastic coefficients, not described at that time by standard theory of elasticity.

3. Ing, Quieffin, Catheline, Fink, In solid localization of finger impacts using acoustic time-reversal process. Appl. Phys. Lett., 87, 2040104, 2005.

Applied Physics. This paper is at the origin of the first commercial application of time reversal in the field of acoustic interactivity. It is now part of the Sensitive Object® technology.

4. S. Catheline, N. Benech, X. Brum, C. Negreira, Time reversal of elastic waves in soft solids. Phys. Rev. Lett., 100, 064301, 2008.

Academic Physics. Transient elastography allows to observe time reversal of elastic waves inside a soft solid. The Rayleigh criteria for solid imaging is direction dependant. This experiment opens up the way to time reversal tomography of soft tissues.

5. T. Gallot, S. Catheline, P. Roux, J. Brum, N. Benech, C. Negreira,Passive elastography: Shear wave tomograpjhy from physiological noise correlation in soft tissues. IEEE Transactions on UFFC, 58(6), 2011.

Applied Physics. In this paper, an elastography experiment is conducted in vivo in the liver. The novelty is that no shear wave sources are used for the tomography reconstruction. Natural vibrations created by muscles activities (heart) are used in this first passive elastography imaging.